I hope all is well. This week I want to wrap up our series titled “Player Portrait” by taking a look at what we look for in goalkeepers. For me, recruiting goalkeepers is very challenging. It’s “hit or miss” when we go to tournaments and showcases as often times they may see very little action in a game, or the coach may decide to split the time between two keepers.
In my seven years at Franklin & Marshall, we have had four different starting goalkeepers. The first keeper was the prototypical 6’2″, very strong goalkeeper. The keeper who replaced him was much smaller, but was extremely quick and was a great shot stopper. The following two keepers were somewhere in the middle of the first two. They had good size, were solid, and rarely made mistakes. Despite their differences, three of the four were named 1st team all-conferences, and two of the four were named 1st team all-region. So, when it comes to finding a keeper, we look for a wide range of attributes. However, there are certain things we want our keepers to be able to do despite their differences.